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  1. 7 Modern Designs Featuring Exposed Beams
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    7 Modern Designs Featuring Exposed Beams

    Whether sleek and finished or rustic and aged there is something so romantic about exposed beams. Here, we take a look at a variety of designs from hotels to restaurants to homes featuring the...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    12.16.13

  2. A Custom Walnut Stair and Slide Hybrid in Chicago
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    A Custom Walnut Stair and Slide Hybrid in Chicago

    In the Windy City, a custom walnut slide offers a playful way for a small family of four to glide down to the basement.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Katrina Wittkamp
    01.29.14

  3. A Dramatic Viewing Platform in Tasmania
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    A Dramatic Viewing Platform in Tasmania

    Australian firm Room11 creates a viewing structure that helps visitors understand their surroundings.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Ben Hosking
    04.03.14

  4. A Mies van der Rohe-Inspired Cottage in Johannesburg
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    A Mies van der Rohe-Inspired Cottage in Johannesburg

    A floating wall on a Johannesburg cottage draws inspiration from 
local mining moguls and Mies van der Rohe.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    04.10.13

  5. A Sustainable Educational Center for the Boy Scouts of America
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    A Sustainable Educational Center for the Boy Scouts of America

    The Boy Scouts of America builds a sustainable tree house in West Virginia.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    11.18.13

  6. A View To A Hill
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    A View To A Hill

    Seven floors up, in an unassuming office building just shy of Chinatown, Dwell's San Francisco headquarters look out over the city we are happy to call home. Though the notorious fog drifts by on...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    05.07.11

  7. Brighten the Corners
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    Brighten the Corners

    When Jeff Taylor and Alex Miller designed the Pull House in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, they took “form follows function” one step further: Form describes function.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Gregory Cherin
    12.01.10

  8. By the Book
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    By the Book

    This modern log cabin from architecture students at Auburn University was designed to be completed for $20,000—an admirable solution for the down-at-heel looking to put down roots.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  9. Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn
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    Communal Living on a Budget in Brooklyn

    The Miner and a Major is an experiment in communal living and fantastical form. A New York story of creativity born from hardscrabble circumstance, the project grew out of the joint imagination of...

    written by: Mimi Zeiger
    photos by: Spencer Lowell
    02.24.11

  10. Flemish Farmhouse Kitchen
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    Flemish Farmhouse Kitchen

    For this farmhouse in the Flemish town of Outgaarden, the Belgian architects 51N4E were charged with designing a new kitchen and adjacent storage space. They decided to split their allotted budget...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.02.10

  11. Hide and Eat
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    Hide and Eat

    In Manhattan, where space is the ultimate luxury, a clever design workaround makes a dining table disappear after supper.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    02.28.12

  12. Hide and Sleep
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    Hide and Sleep

    With the classic Murphy bed as muse, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream into a versatile small wonder.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  13. Hobby House
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    Hobby House

    Retirement often offers couples more time together, but when René Menten and Mikey Bienkens left the working world, they built a house that emphasized their individual activities. The...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Tim Van de Velde
    08.05.10

  14. Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium
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    Inexpensive Gabled Garden Shed in Belgium

    Using workaday materials, architect Indra Janda creatively constructs a backyard retreat that looks opaque during the day and glows at night.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Tim Van de Velde
    04.01.14

  15. Lego Island
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    Lego Island

    Step back, Jacobsen, Utzon, Kjaerholm, Wegner, and all you other great Danes. When it comes to Danish design domination, the unrivaled champ is undoubtedly the almighty plastic brick—Lego.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    03.19.10

  16. Lighting Up
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    Lighting Up

    A dim Toronto Tudor gets an airy new look, thanks to a top-level remodel and some bright ideas.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    01.25.12

  17. Loo & Improved
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    Loo & Improved

    When Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, principals of Butz + Klug Architecture, began renovating the master bathroom of a nearly 120-year-old home in Brookline, Massachusetts, they made “all sorts...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.04.10

  18. Magnetic Walls, and Storage Made Sexy
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    Magnetic Walls, and Storage Made Sexy

    When architects Hayes and James Slade of Slade Architecture renovated a three-story brownstone in Brooklyn for Ricky Kenig, the owner of the New York City's ubiquitous Ricky's NYC stores, and his...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.17.10

  19. Met Life
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    Met Life

    Climate-controlled high-rises make sense when the changing seasons bring extreme temperature shifts, but in Bangkok, year-round hot and humid days blend into similarly sultry nights. Enter the Met,...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Tim Griffith
    06.09.10

  20. Pulltab's Mini Vertical Garden
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    Pulltab's Mini Vertical Garden

    Enlisted to renovate an apartment in Manhattan's East Village, architects Melissa Baker and Jon Handley, partners at the firm pulltab design, took inspiration from the city's plethora of...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.23.10

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